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The polar regions, also called the frigid zones, of Earth are the regions of the planet that surround its geographical poles (the North and South Poles), lying within the polar circles.

Military drills in Arctic (photo Russia Today)

Russian marines heat up the Arctic with large-scale exercise

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Russia has been actively boosting its military presence in the Arctic in recent years, building new bases and airfields as well as repairing old ones.
Ice cores drilled in 2012 into the Greenland ice sheet revealed large, meters-thick ice slabs beneath the snow (photo Science News)

Expanding ice slabs are increasing Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise

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Greenland’s melting, set off by global warming due to higher levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, has increased dramatically in the last few decades.
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